PS-One Classics on PSN

MGS? I thought we were talking about MediEval. However, a crossover with Solid Snake and that skeleton knight guy would be amusing.

The trick to MGS is to imagine it as a 2D top down game. I played it a couple of years ago in the lead up to MGS4. I played it directly after playing Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2 (thanks to the MGS2 substance bundle) and the transition from the 2D systems to the 3D was a lot easier than trying to transition from other 3D action games back to MGS.

Vrikk wrote:

MGS? I thought we were talking about MediEval. However, a crossover with Solid Snake and that skeleton knight guy would be amusing.

That sounds like a great idea.

AmazingZoidberg wrote:

When I think about the SimCity franchise this is the title that immediately springs to my mind. It seems like the gameplay would fit perfectly on a portable system. Anybody have a history with the PSOne version of this title. Was it gimped or hopelessly broken in any way?

Actually, it was a pretty decent port, all things considered. Traversing the city map with the controller is a bit slow, obviously, but most of the same functionality is in there. I'd say it's a decent value at six bucks if you're interested in some city-building on your PSP.

As for Tomb Raider 2, there's a reason it's priced down: it's not nearly as good as the first one. And, frankly, given the current-era Tomb Raider games that are available for both PS3 and PSP, I don't think there's really a glaring need to get any of the PS1 Tomb Raider games to begin with.

Good news everyone! The examiner.com (I've never heard of them either) just put up a list of possible upcoming PSOne classics thanks to the ESRB. Here's the list:

Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain
Bloody Roar
Cool Boarders 2
Cool Boarders 3
International Track & Field
Oddworld: Abe's Exodus
Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee
Pandemonium!
SimCity 2000
Syphon Filter 2
Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider 2
Um Jammer Lammy

Giving this list some credence are the 5 titles (in bold) which have been recently released. I'm excited for Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, and the Oddworld titles. These are titles I missed the first time around but seem to be frequently referenced in a lot of discussion about modern games.

OzymandiasAV wrote:
AmazingZoidberg wrote:

When I think about the SimCity franchise this is the title that immediately springs to my mind. It seems like the gameplay would fit perfectly on a portable system. Anybody have a history with the PSOne version of this title. Was it gimped or hopelessly broken in any way?

Actually, it was a pretty decent port, all things considered. Traversing the city map with the controller is a bit slow, obviously, but most of the same functionality is in there. I'd say it's a decent value at six bucks if you're interested in some city-building on your PSP.

Okay, mea culpa time - I don't know what ported version I confused it with (maybe the GBA?), but the PS1 version of Simcity 2000 is virtually inaccessible, due to the immense slowdown and the terrifyingly unresponsive controls. Run far, far away.

I'd buy Blood Omen again when I had nothing else to play.

And the classic title of the week is:

Cool Boarders 3 - $5.99

Think cool boarders 2, but good. The videos I have found of this game show it to be better than it's predecessor in every way. Better track design, better graphics, better snow.

I'm thinking about picking this one up. I think having a snowboarding game for quick play sessions would be nice and this one looks, you know, good.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Parasite Eve. Isn't there a sequel of sorts coming out for the PSP?

I just got a PS3 and have a technical question concerning PSOne Classics. If I download a PSOne Classic, do I need to create a PS internal memory card in order to save the game? I understand you need to create the internal memory card if you're playing a PSOne game from a disk, but not sure if the emulator takes care of the saves for the downloaded PSOne games.

Yeah, you'll need to make the internal memory card for saving, but it will work with the same internal memory card that you use for your disk based games, so you'll only need one PSOne memory card created on your drive.

Mere Anarchy wrote:

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Parasite Eve. Isn't there a sequel of sorts coming out for the PSP?

Man, I love Parasite Eve, one of my favorite games of all time.

The last announcement was that The 3rd Birthday (previously called Parasite Eve: The 3rd Birthday) would be a PSP exclusive, but they've been quiet for some time, so I wouldn't start saving your pennies yet.

You probably already know that Parasite Eve did receive one sequel, just called Parasite Eve II, which was not as well-received as the original (it's a somewhat different game and seems influenced by Resident Evil and The X-Files) but does have its good points.

Wow, excellent haul this week. The downside is I'm not feeling well enough to write up any editorial so I'll just link to the playstation blog

Blood Omen: Legacy of Kaine - $5.99

Silent Hill - $5.99

Syphon Filter 2 - $5.99

So I actually bought Blood Omen: Legacy of Kaine last night.

I bought it for a couple of reasons, Amy Hennings' involvement and the fact that I thought it was Soul Reaver.

What the game turns out to be is a dark, top down, action RPG. Think Zelda but with really dark vampire trappings. The gameplay is a little stiff and the 3D cutscenes are hilariously antiquated, but there is a lot of interesting gameplay and great atmosphere. On the whole I'm really enjoying it.

I never played Silent Hill, so I may have to check that out. Syphon Filters 1 and 2, however, were awesome, with 2 being the superior in my mind.

Get hype folks! It's Thursday and that means it's time for your weekly dose of sweet sweet nostalgia. I'm pretty excited about this weeks crop of retro wares.

Tomb Raider III - $4.99

Laura 'I wear short shorts' Croft is back in the business of defiling ancient burial grounds. I've not played anything in the series except for Tomb Raider II so I can't tell you how this one stands up.

Final Fantasy Tactics - $9.99

Now here's a game I am excited to play. I was introduced to tactical RPGs last year via Jeanne D'Arc and I'm excited to dig into one of the pillars of the genre. I'm sure this game is on the top of a lot of people's must buy list.

AmazingZoidberg wrote:

Final Fantasy Tactics - $9.99

Now here's a game I am excited to play. I was introduced to tactical RPGs last year via Jeanne D'Arc and I'm excited to dig into one of the pillars of the genre. I'm sure this game is on the top of a lot of people's must buy list.

Oho, and this is the version where you can steal the Genji equipment (and the only Masamune in the game). Personally I still prefer the PSP version, but that's like saying I prefer the Blu-Ray version of - It's still a fantastic SRPG, regardless of which version you play.

ahrezmendi wrote:
AmazingZoidberg wrote:

Final Fantasy Tactics - $9.99

Now here's a game I am excited to play. I was introduced to tactical RPGs last year via Jeanne D'Arc and I'm excited to dig into one of the pillars of the genre. I'm sure this game is on the top of a lot of people's must buy list.

Oho, and this is the version where you can steal the Genji equipment (and the only Masamune in the game). Personally I still prefer the PSP version, but that's like saying I prefer the Blu-Ray version of - It's still a fantastic SRPG, regardless of which version you play.

You couldn't do this on the PSP version? Blasphemy! Chicken-spamming that fight is one of life's greatest pleasures!

I've still got my FFT disc. I loaned it out exactly once, on pain of death. If I were told I could only save one game after the bombs drop, it would be this one. The jobs, the gearing, the labyrinthine plotting, the music, it's fantastic. I'm eager to hear your impressions, Zoidberg.

The PSP version's persistent performance problems prevented (alliteration!) me (c-c-c-combo breaker!) from playing more than a few minutes of it.

The performance problems went away after I ripped the UMD to my memory stick. Now the PSP version only has as much slowdown as the original did - which is to say, the sound still doesn't sync up.

EDIT: Just to be clear, before I was able to do this, I couldn't play it either. The loading times for each. and. every. ability. just got on my nerves. Once I learned I could rip my UMDs to my memory stick, things changed.

Policeman - Yes, this was actually a bug in the US version (you couldn't steal the equipment in the Japanese version either) that they fixed. Instead, they added two new quests, one of which rewards the Genji Armor, the other rewards the Masamune (not like you can't just catch an unlimited amount from Ninja's, but that's an aside).

ahrezmendi wrote:

Yes, this was actually a bug in the US version (you couldn't steal the equipment in the Japanese version either) that they fixed. Instead, they added two new quests, one of which rewards the Genji Armor, the other rewards the Masamune (not like you can't just catch an unlimited amount from Ninja's, but that's an aside).

Bah! Keeping the target chickened while trying to hold off 2 beasties, both with Insta-Kill attacks, while not killing any of them because once you did, the fight was over--now that was a quest! Kids these days.

*Legion* wrote:

The PSP version's persistent performance problems prevented (alliteration!) me (c-c-c-combo breaker!) from playing more than a few minutes of it.

Really, alliteration doesn't need to be every word, so your use of the device doesn't end until "playing". That's quite the sentence, regardless.

Final Fantasy Tactics is very tempting! I remember playing it when it first came out and just went to my old habit of grinding levels like any other Final Fantasy game. Boy was that a bad idea! I kept wondering how simple enemies were just getting harder and harder and I never felt ahead of the game. I think I initially played the game completely wrong.

I think there's a pretty good case to be made that Final Fantasy Tactics is probably the best Square game of the PS1 era and maybe - maybe - even the last truly great game they ever made. The last act falls into some balancing issues, as overpowered plot characters start to fill up your roster and, at times, you'll wonder if they bothered to playtest a battle or two. But the twisty, political storyline and the implementation of the Job system surpasses all of that to deliver a pitch-perfect feedback loop: one more battle to see the next turn in the War of the Lions, one more battle to trump up enough XP to finally make Monk.

SRPG veteran, Jeanne-y Come Lately, whoever - go get it, especially at $10.

Yeah I think I got burned on SimCity 2000. I really did'nt expect the game to age well but the controls feel soooo bad now. How did I ever play this? Even with the manual...I just dont get it anymore

I actually just picked up Final Fantasy Tactics for my PS1. If there are a lot of new players or veterans replaying it, it might be fun to start a revival thread.

I'd be in, it's been a few seasons since I've played through it.

OzymandiasAV wrote:

The last act falls into some balancing issues, as overpowered plot characters start to fill up your roster and, at times, you'll wonder if they bothered to playtest a battle or two.

*cough* Cid *cough*

If we do start a revival thread, I'll post my spoilerific comments in there.

Now I just want to see Vandal Hearts (or the impossible to find Vandal Hearts 2) on PSN, and I'm a happy camper.

OzymandiasAV wrote:

SRPG veteran, Jeanne-y Come Lately, whoever - go get it, especially at $10.

Jeanne-y Come Lately is my new favorite term!

ahrezmendi wrote:
OzymandiasAV wrote:

The last act falls into some balancing issues, as overpowered plot characters start to fill up your roster and, at times, you'll wonder if they bothered to playtest a battle or two.

*cough* Cid *cough*

Yeah, it gets even worse in the PSP reissue, which is another reason that dropping $10 for the PS1 original is worth it, even if you're going to play it on the go.

I don't think it's any worse in the PSP version. Cid is still the most broken character, and other characters that were useless in the PS1 version are now actually useful.

FFT: War of the Lions spoiler wrote:

[color=white]I'm not so sure about that. Give Balthier a pair of magic guns, crank up his faith, and you've got a comparable demigod in your ranks. And, depending on the fight (e.g. range or control are more important than pure damage), a pimped-up Balthier can actually be more broken than Cid.[/color]